People of the Earth (Paperback)

A Novel of North America's Forgotten Past

By W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Tor Books, 9780812507423, 608pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 1992

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market Paperback (11/3/2009)
MP3 CD (9/17/2019)

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Set five thousand years ago and ranging through what is now Montana, Wyoming, northern Colorado, and Utah, People of the Earth follows the migration of the Uto-Aztecan people south out of Canada. It is the unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two peoples and two dreams, of the two men who love her and the third who must have her, and of the vision given to the peoples long ago by the spirit of the wolf.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear bring the stories of these first North Americans to life in this and other volumes in the magnicent North America's Forgotten Past series.

About the Author

W. Michael Gear, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. With his wife, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, he has written the international and USA Today bestselling North America's Forgotten Past Series (including People of the Songtrail, People of the Morning Star, Sun Born, Moon Hunt, among others); and Anasazi Mystery Series.

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage. With her husband, W. Michael Gear, she is the co-author of many books, including the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Songtrail, People of the Morning Star, Sun Born, Moon Hunt, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. She and her husband live in Thermopolis, WY.

Praise For People of the Earth: A Novel of North America's Forgotten Past

“An impressive novel, obviously written with love and care. Informative, but highly entertaining.” —John Jakes

“Magnificent; a smooth blend of superb archaeology and wonderful story!” —Andrew M. Greeley

“A novel of suspense as well as a book to give you joy--and goosebumps....Knowledge illuminates even the smallest background detail yet never gets in the way of a great adventure tale, throbbing with life and death...."The Gears show us an entire people shaped by spiritual values and thoroughly developed belief system. For this reason, as well as the fascination of their irresistible cast of characters, People of the Earth is the most convincing reconstruction of prehistory I have yet read. I shall read it again. It is a book to enjoy more than once.” —Morgan Llywelyn